The new ground effects kit (RPO Code 5W8) is made from carbon fiber but is painted in Carbon Flash Metallic – Corvette speak for black with metallic accents. The genuine Corvette accessory pack includes a more aggressive front splitter with side winglets as well as full side rocker splitters. The option is offered as an LPO, or dealer-installed option, meaning it will be installed on the Vette at the dealership, rather than at the factory. Additionally, the package must be spec’d with one of the following additionally options (pricing and RPO Code in parenthesis, respectively):
- Body-color high wing spoiler – LPO ($1,250, 5ZU)
- Carbon Flash Metallic-painted high wing spoiler – LPO ($1,350, 5ZZ)
- Z51 Performance Package – ($6,345, Z51)
- Visible carbon fiber high wing spoiler – LPO ($6,495, 5V5)
This ground effect kit is a $4,695 option on the 3LT trim level of either the Stingray Coupe or Stingray Convertible, though we see no reason why this package can’t be installed by the owner on any C8 Stingray, regardless of trim.
Interestingly, this ground effects option was first offered for the 2022 Corvette Stingray, however, it was only available with the limited-production IMSA GTLM Championship Edition (ZCR). In addition, the same ground effects kit is also available finished in visible carbon fiber, though this kit is priced at a slightly steeper $4,995.
It’s worth noting that the last spoiler option listed, the visible carbon fiber high wing spoiler, was just recently made available. Similarly to the Carbon Flash Metallic-painted ground effects kit, the 5V5 option was originally announced for 2022 Corvette Stingray. However, it never made it to production as a result of supplier constraints.
This development comes as Chevy C8 Corvette production has had to contend with numerous supplier constraints. Thankfully, GM seems to be overcoming the issues, as more parts and options are becoming available again. Just in the last few months, select trims and models of the 2023 Corvette have become available with the Edge Red engine cover (RCC) and Edge Red brake calipers (J6N), the aforementioned visible carbon fiber high wing spoiler, the visible carbon fiber door intake trim (RYQ), and a new stealth interior trim package (BAZ).
This being said, it’s important to acknowledge that GM is still working through some constraints when it comes to the Corvette, including options like the Gloss Black forged aluminum wheels (Q9I) and Magnetic Ride Control suspension.
As a reminder, the 2023 Corvette C8 Stingray is powered by the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, with output rated at 490 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, or 495 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the optional dual-mode, high-performance exhaust system.
Under the skin, the C8 rides on the GM Y2 platform, while production takes place exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.